BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH #WEARPINK
DID YOU KNOW?
- Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
- Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
- Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
- Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
What Are the Symptoms?
There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include any change in the size or the shape of the breast, pain in any area of the breast, nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood), and a new lump in the breast or underarm. If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.
How Can I Lower My Risk?
REMEMBER THE AUTOEXAM!
Some main factors that influence your risk for breast cancer include being a woman, being older (most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older), and having changes in your breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2). Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families.
OK, so let’s talk bout the Anti-Cancer Diet!
More than one-third of most cancer cases could have been prevented by following a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, says the American Institute for Cancer Research. The anti-cancer diet is a healthy diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all of the food groups. The diet includes more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean meats, nuts and seeds, while reducing your intake of processed foods, saturated fat, sodium and foods with added fat and sugar. In addition, the American Cancer Society recommends you consume at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day to limit your risk of cancer. Including dragon fruit in your diet can help you meet these recommendations.
Dragon fruit is also rich in antioxidants, including beta carotene and vitamin C. Antioxidants are nutrients in food that protect your cells from damage by unstable substances called free radicals. The damage to your cells caused by these free radicals can lead to cancer. Including more antioxidant-rich foods like dragon fruit in your diet may offer protection against cancer. However, more research is necessary to further investigate the benefits of antioxidants against cancer before formal recommendations can be made.
There are things you can do to can help lower your breast cancer risk.
Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
Remember the autoexam, eat healthy, exercise and visit your doctor every year.
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